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Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

The designers of Scandinavian modernism created the warmest and most human iteration of modernist ideals. Their work was founded on centuries-old beliefs in both quality craftsmanship and the ideal that beauty should enhance even the humblest accessories of daily life. The gentle, organic contours that are typical of vintage Scandinavian modern furniture appear in the work of Danish, Finnish and Swedish designers not as a stylistic gesture, but rather as a practical, ergonomic — and, as importantly, elegant — response to the human form.

Each nation produced exceptional talents in all areas of the applied arts, yet each had its forté. Sweden was home to Bruno Mathsson, creator of the classic Grasshopper chair, but the country excelled most notably at ceramics. In the ’20s at the great Gustavsberg porcelain manufactory, Wilhelm Kåge introduced Scandinavian modern pieces based on influences from folklore to Cubism; his skills were passed on to his versatile and inspired pupils Berndt Friberg and Stig Lindberg.

Likewise, Finland produced a truly ingenious Scandinavian modern furniture designer in the architect Alvar Aalto, a master at melding function and artistic form in works like the Paimio chair. Yet Finnish glassware was pre-eminent, crafted in expressive, sculptural designs by Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarapaneva.

The Danes excelled at chairs. Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen were exemplars of the country’s facility with wood, particularly teak. Wegner created such iconic pieces as the Round chair and the Wishbone chair; Jacobsen — while he produced the best-selling plywood Ant chair — designed two classic upholstered pieces of the 1950s: the Swan chair and Egg chair. The list of great Danes could go on and on, including Finn Juhl, maker of the bold Chieftain chair; Poul Kjaerholm, with his lean metal-and-rattan aesthetic; and Vernor Panton, who introduced a vibrant Pop note into international design.

On 1stDibs, you will note both instantly recognizable Scandinavian modern designs — those that have earned iconic status over time — and many new discoveries. Even more than 50 years on from their heyday, the prolific, ever-evolving Scandinavian modernists continue to amaze and delight.

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Pierre Olofsson Lithograph Edition 27 / 50
Located in Malmo, SE
Lithograph by Pierre Olofsson. Edition 27 / 50.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

Hans Krondahl "Lillies" Tapestry. Size: 3 ft 5 in x 6 ft 6 in (1.04 m x 1.98 m)
Located in New York, NY
Vintage tapestry by Hans Krondahl, mid-20th century. Size: 3 ft 5 in x 6 ft 6 in (1.04 m x 1.98 m).
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Wool, Linen

Bertil Berntsson Oil on Paper Painting, Sweden, 1950s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare painting by Bertil Berntsson who was a Swedish painter active in the 1950s to 1980s. Beautiful little piece framed in a pine frame and signed with his name in the bottom right c...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Paint

Bjorn Wiinblad Summertime Print
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Bjorn Wiinblad silhouette print "Summertime" nicely framed. Original Print from the 60's or 70's. Professionally framed about 10 years ago.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

Jørgen Mogensen for Royal Copenhagen, Wall Plaque in Glazed Stoneware with Fish
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Jørgen Mogensen for Royal Copenhagen. Wall plaque in glazed stoneware with fish in relief. Dated 1967. Measures: 26 x 16 cm. In excellent condition. Signed and stamped.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Stoneware

Peter Astrom "Bird's Nest #2" Swedish Abstract Expressionist Collage 1990
Located in New York, NY
Peter Astrom abstract expressionist paper collage entitled, " Bird's Nest #2" Realized in 1990 in the artist's Water Street studio in New York City. Swedish born Astrom has lived a...
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Late 20th Century American Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

"The Bird Nest I" Abstract Expressionist Collage by Peter Astrom
Located in New York, NY
Peter Astrom abstract expressionist paper collage entitled "The Bird Nest #1. Crafted with Japanese rice paper on Arche paper. Created in 1990 in the artist's Water Street studio in...
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Late 20th Century American Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

Bjørn Wiinblad Unique Wall Decorations / Candle Sconces in Hand Painted Faience
Located in Odense, DK
Faience wall plaques decorated in polychrome colors. Unique artworks made by Bjørn Wiinblad in his own studio in 1976. The pieces are made in the style of old shaving dishes and the ...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Faience

1960s Large Hand Painted Enameled Copper Wall Mirror by Danish Artist Bodil Eje
Located in Knebel, DK
1960s large hand painted enameled copper wall mirror made by Danish Artist Bodil Eje The richly colorful and patterned mirror stamped by Bodil Eje is in good condition with only few...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Copper, Enamel

Märta Måås-Fjetterström, Decorative Wall Tapestry
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Marta Maas-Fjetterström, woven textile, tapestry technique. Framed in double glass, so that you can see the wall colour against the tapestry. Signed AB MMF. (AB Märta Måås-Fje...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Wool

Pretty Mid Century Scandinavian Tapestry with Signature
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Wonderful vintage Scandinavian tapestry with beautiful modern Art Deco design and nice light colors with sky blue, entirely hand woven with wool on cotton foundation.
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Wool

1960s Scandinavian String Artwork on Jute Canvas
Located in High Point, NC
This artwork was made in Scandinavia, circa 1960, and plays with the qualities of jute to depict a dreamy underwater scene. The threads of the jute are layered, sewn together, and se...
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1960s Scandinavian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Jute

Gorgeous Scandinavian Landscape Tapestry by Christina Knall.
Located in New York, NY
Scandinavian tapestry by Christina Knall, Origin: Scandinavia, circa date: Mid-20th century. Size: 3 ft 10 in x 5 ft (1.17 m x 1.52 m)
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Wool

Flat-Weave Rölakan Tapestry by Ingegerd Silow, Sweden
Located in Stockholm, SE
Handwoven kelim / rölakan wall tapestry ”Fruktträdgården” = Fruit garden by Ingegerd Silow. Signed IS in the right hand corner. Great bright original colours and fringe all in perfec...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Wool, Linen

Late 20th Century Wall Art "Placenta" by Danish Artist John Olsen, Juli, 1991
Located in Odense, DK
Decorative wall art by Danish artist John Olsen. Work is called "placenta", a session of 11 pieces. This is nr. 3. 1-11 available. "Planceta" was presented at an exhibition in Mi...
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1990s Danish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Cast Stone

Late 20th Century Wall Art "Placenta" by Danish Artist John Olsen, Juli 1991
Located in Odense, DK
Decorative wall art by Danish artist John Olsen. Work is called "placenta", a session of 11 pieces. This is nr. 6. 1-11 available. "Planceta" was presented at an exhibition in Mi...
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1990s Danish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Cast Stone

Late 20th Century Wall Art "Placenta" by Danish Artist John Olsen, Juli, 1991
Located in Odense, DK
Decorative wall art by Danish artist John Olsen. Work is called "placenta", a session of 11 pieces. This is nr. 2. "Planceta" was presented at an exhibition in Milano. John Ols...
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1990s Danish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Cast Stone

Late 20th Century Wall Art "placenta" by Danish Artist John Olsen, Juli 1991
Located in Odense, DK
Decorative wall art by Danish artist John Olsen. Work is called "placenta", a session of 11 pieces. This is nr. 1. "Planceta" was presented at an exhibition in Milano. John Ols...
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1990s Danish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Cast Stone

Henry Heerup, "Bird's Nest", 1950, Linocut on Paper, Professionally Framed
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Henry Heerup - "Bird's Nest", 1950 - linocut on paper, professionally framed Artist Henry Heerup (1907 Frederiksberg - 1993 Vanløse) was a Danish painter, sculptur and printmaker...
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1950s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Paper

Vintage Wood Monkey on Red Balance Rope Hanging Toy Kay Bojesen Denmark 1960s
Located in National City, CA
Mid-Century Modern vintage hanging toy wood work out monkey toy figure with articulating joints accompanied with hanging red plastic balance piece. Unsigned. In the manner of Kay Bo...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Plastic, Wood

Vintage wall /bedside table pair of teak and metal - Sweden 1960s
Located in Stockholm, SE
Decorative pair of lovely little shelves - produced in Sweden in the 1960s. The shelves has a teak veneer top plate and a black metal shelf underneath. A shelf for any wall in your h...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Metal

Midcentury Danish Teak System ‘Cado’ by Poul Cadovius Modular Wall Shelving 60s
Located in Sherborne, Dorset
A highly versatile and functional three-bay teak Cado wall system by Danish designer Poul Cadovius. Comprising of three backboards, two cupboards, drop-down bar, glass fronted cabine...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Brass

Swedish Glazed Stoneware Plaques, 1970s, Set of 2
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Swedish ceramists. Limited edition Wall hung plaques in glazed stoneware. Motifs: working women. Measures: 18.5/17.5 cm. Both in very good condition. Stamped, signed and numbered.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Stoneware

1960s Danish Wooden Wall Shelf
Located in High Point, NC
This wooden wall shelf was made in Denmark, circa 1960. With its simple, rectangular silhouette and smooth, polished wood, it offers the warmth and functionality of Danish modern des...
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Teak

Ceramic Wall Sculpture, Loop series: Numbered and signed by artist
Located in Helsinki, FI
Loop series Extruded ceramics 2020-2021 The piece is hand-built from two-tone extrusions layer by layer. Extrusion sculpture series plays with the idea of contrasts in clay: Pin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Ceramic

Per Thorlin 'B. 1923', Norway, Oil on Canvas, Abstract Landscape, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Per Thorlin (b. 1923), Norway. Oil on canvas. Abstract landscape, 1960s. The canvas measures: 60 x 49 cm. The frame measures: 5.5 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1960s Norwegian Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Joyce Swanljung, Sweden, Oil on Canvas, Composition with Fish
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Joyce Swanljung (1910-1977), Sweden. Oil on canvas. Modernist composition with fish. Dated 1966. The canvas measures: 42 x 32.5 cm. The frame measures: 7 cm. In excellent conditi...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Egil Carlsson 'B. 1920', Sweden, Oil on Canvas, Modernist Park Landscape, 1977
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Egil Carlsson (b. 1920), Sweden. Oil on canvas. Modernist park landscape. Dated 1977. The canvas measures: 71.5 x 49 cm. The frame measures: 1.3 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Willard Lindh, Sweden, Oil on Canvas, Modernist Landscape, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Willard Lindh (1918-2007), Sweden. Oil on canvas. Modernist landscape, 1960s. The canvas measures: 65.5 x 51 cm. The frame measures: 0.6 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Egon Møldrup 'B. 1926', Denmark, Oil on Canvas, Modernist Landscape, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Egon Møldrup (b. 1926), Denmark. Oil on canvas. Modernist landscape, 1960s. The canvas measures: 49 x 39 cm. The frame measures: 9.5 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Gösta Falck Sweden, Oil on Canvas, Abstract Landscape, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Gösta Falck (1920-2006) Sweden. Oil on canvas. Abstract landscape. 1960s. The canvas measures: 60 x 49 cm. The frame measures: 6.5 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Poul Ekelund, Denmark, Oil on Canvas, Modernist Landscape, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Poul Ekelund (1921-1976), Denmark. Oil on canvas. Modernist landscape. 1960s. The canvas measures: 60 x 49 cm. The frame measures: 8.5 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Rolf Erling Nygren, Sweden, Oil on Board, Abstract Composition, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Rolf Erling Nygren (1925-2010), Sweden. Oil on board. Abstract composition, 1960's. The board measures: 28.5 x 22.5 cm. The frame measures: 2 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Other

Britt-Louise Sundell for Gustavsberg, Wall Plaque with Fish, 1960's
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Britt-Louise Sundell (1928-2011) for Gustavsberg. Wall plaque in glazed stoneware with fish in relief. 1960s. Measure: Diameter: 29 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Stoneware

Pretty Vintage Polish Woven Tapestry by E. Oloksy
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Wonderful mid century polish tapestry with a native design of town and beautiful light colors, entirely hand woven with wool on cotton foundation Name of the design: zimowy pejzaz (...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Wool

Cubist Modern Portrait of a Young Naked Woman by William Scharff, Paris, 1921
Located in Aabenraa, DK
Cubist modern portrait of a young naked woman Signed William Scharff, Paris 1921, oil on paper on canvas William Scharff was one of the leading figures in Danish modernism Measure...
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1920s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Gust Magnusson, Sweden, Oil on Board, Abstract Composition, Dated 1971
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Gust Magnusson, Sweden. Oil on board. Abstract composition. Dated 1971. The board measures: 91 x 40 cm. The frame measures: 6 cm. Signed. In excellent condition.
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1970s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Other

Greta Liljeblad-Lysén, Sweden, Oil on Canvas, Abstract Composition
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Greta Liljeblad-Lysén (1902-1988), Sweden. Oil on canvas. Abstract composition. Dated 1959. The canvas measures: 81.5 x 43 cm. The frame measures: 3.5 cm. Signed. In excellent co...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Other

Göta Fogler, Sweden, Oil on Canvas, Abstract Landscape, 1960's
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Göta Fogler (1919-1992), Sweden. Oil on canvas. Abstract landscape, 1960's. The canvas measures: 100 x 65.5 cm. The frame measures: 1.5 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Ole Bjørn Krüger '1922-2007', Oil on Board, Composition, 1960s/70s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Ole Bjørn Krüger (1922-2007), Danish sculptor and ceramicist. Oil on board. Composition. 1960s / 70s. The board measures: 122 x 82 cm. In excellent condition.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Other

Göta Fogler, Sweden, Oil on Canvas, Abstract Landscape with Animals
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Göta Fogler (1919-1992), Sweden. Oil on canvas. Abstract landscape with animals. 1960's. The canvas measures: 115 x 54 cm. The frame measures: 5.5 cm. In excellent condition. Sig...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Canvas

Pair of Ceramic Blue Flower Wall Plaque by Irma Yourstone for Upsala Ekeby
Located in Barcelona, ES
A pair of glazed ceramic flower wall plaques, made by ceramist Irma Yourstone for Upsala Ekeby, Sweden, 1970s.
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Ceramic

Ceramic Wall Plaque by Ester Wallin for Upsala Ekeby, Sweden, 1960s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Glazed ceramic wall plaque, made by Ester Wallin for Upsala Ekeby in the end of 1960s. Depicting a middle eastern male character in sharply defined face profile, possibly Lawrence of...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Ceramic

Bengt Nordquist, Sweden, Oil on Canvas, Abstract Composition, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Bengt Nordquist (1917-2012), Sweden. Oil on canvas. Abstract composition. 1960s. The canvas measures: 71 x 52 cm. The frame measures: 6 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Other

Poul Ekelund, Denmark, Oil on Board, Modernist Landscape, 1960s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Poul Ekelund (1921-1976), Denmark. Oil on board. Modernist landscape, 1960s. The board measures: 29 x 19 cm. The frame measures: 10 cm. In excellent condition. Signed.
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1960s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Other

Östen Kristiansson Wall Cabinet Produced by Luxus in Vittsjö, Sweden
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare wall cabinet designed by Östen Kristiansson. Produced by Luxus in Vittsjö, Sweden.
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1960s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Aluminum

Painting by Harry Booström, Sweden, 1954
Located in Stockholm, SE
Oil on panel Signed: Bootström Measures: H 76 cm/ 2' 6 1/4" W 61 cm/ 2' D 8 cm/ 3 1/4".
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Paint

Painting by Harry Booström, Sweden, 1953
Located in Stockholm, SE
Oil on panel Signed: Booström Measures: H 69.2 cm/ 2' 3 1/2" W 85 cm/ 2' 9 3/4" D 8 cm/ 3".
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Paint

Painting by Harry Booström, Sweden, 1953
Located in Stockholm, SE
Oil on panel Signed: Booström Measures: H: 129.5 cm/ 4' 3 1/4" W: 96.5 cm/ 3' 2 1/2" D: 8 am/ 3".
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Paint

Vintage Scandinavian “the Dance” Tapestry by Lars Gynning for P.F Aubusson
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Scandinavian "The Dance" tapestry by Lars Gynning for P.F Aubusson, origin: Scandinavia, circa Mid-20th century. Size: 2 ft 6 in x 4 ft 8 in (0.76 m x 1.42 m)
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Wool

Sven Markelius "Pythagoras" for Knoll Textiles Drapery Panel
Located in Hingham, MA
Sven Markelius (1889-1970), Pythagoras drapery panel produced in 1952 by Ljungberg's Textile AB, Sweden for Knoll Associates, New York, NY. Overall dimensions are 77 inches high by ...
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1950s Swedish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Linen

The Sun Chariot, Danish Ceramic Wall Plaque by Ejvind Nielsen, 1970
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A depiction of The Bronze Age “Sun Chariot” – a very important Danish cultural icon, held in the National Museum of Denmark and even printed to the front side of the most valuable mo...
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1970s Danish Vintage Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Ceramic

Wonderful Vintage 70’s Scandinavian Large Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Very beautiful vintage 70’s, 60’s Desso rug, with beautiful Art Deco design and light colors, wool velvet on cotton and jute foundation.
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Wool

Beautiful Vintage Scandinavian Tapestry
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Nice little Scandinavian vintage tapestry with beautiful design and nice colors, entirely hand woven with wool on cotton foundation.
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Wool

Nice Mid Century Flat Woven Scandinavian Rug Kilim
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Wonderful mid century Scandinavian Kilim rug with nice geometrical design and beautiful colors, entirely hand woven with wool on cotton foundation.
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Wool

Beautiful Vintage Scandinavian Kilim Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Nice Art Deco Scandinavian flat rug with a geometrical design and nice colors, entirely hand woven with wool on wool foundation.
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Wool

Sculptural Kukkii Shelf in Black Stained Oak by Antrei Hartikainen
Located in Fiskars, FI
Kukkii (blooms) is a unique collection of slender-stemmed, wooden flowers and plants which, variously grouped, capture the moment of calm and freedom sometimes experienced in nature....
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Oak

Sculptural Kukkii Shelf in Walnut by Antrei Hartikainen
Located in Fiskars, FI
Kukkii (blooms) is a unique collection of slender-stemmed, wooden flowers and plants which, variously grouped, capture the moment of calm and freedom sometimes experienced in nature....
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2010s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Wall Decorations

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Walnut